26 May 2021
The superlatives keep coming in on what was an astounding victory on Saturday for our Greyhound of the Year Aayamza Royale. Our nerves were on edge and our hearts beating fast as the minutes ticked down to her TV Trophy defence at Monmore, the track looked in perfect condition and viewers and the crowd had already been treated to a tremendous night's action before the £10,000 to the winner final. She wasn’t particularly strong in the market as punters looked at the possibilities of getting her beat in a very good quality final but the majority knew that if she performed as well as she did in the semi finals she would be nigh on impossible to beat. Well she didn’t disappoint and in fact went some 3 lengths faster when simply destroying her opposition by an incredible 11 1/2 lengths in another new track record, she covered the 900m in a magnificent 55.00. As expected it was Kevin Hutton’s Southfield Cody who easily led from the off after showing great early pace and his closest pursuer some 5 or 6 lengths down, if he had wing mirrors going down the back straight for the first time his heart was already broken as he would have realised it was Aayamza Royale in second place. As they straightened up on the first lap and went over the line first time she was incredibly upsides Southfield Cody and in a sweeping move on the 5th bend she struck the front and quickly raced clear, her supporters drew another sigh of relief as her chief danger, the talented Savana Volcano, lost ground at the 5th bend when starting to make a move but truthfully she was never going to give Royale that much off a start and a beating and the last 300m turned into a race against the clock for ‘Lydia’ giving most of the Ayamzaboys syndicate members the chance to enjoy a stress free roar home.
The victory in the TV Trophy was not only a superb defence for Aayamza Royale and a third consecutive title after Bumblebee Bullet's triumph in 2019 it also makes us the
winning most kennel in the TV Trophy history with four winners (Blonde Reagan in 2012 being the other one) which is a fantastic record in such a prestigious event. Who knows Aayamza Royale could even come back next year to try and gain a third TV Trophy which would be stuff of dreams, she will now be aimed at the Dorando Marathon on Derby final night at Towcester, a title she narrowly missed out on at Nottingham last year.
We have another big race contender this Saturday as Bo Shine Bullet bids to put her Golden Jacket ko firmly behind her, the category 1 George Ing St Leger final at Yarmouth sees Bo Shine Bullet in her favourite trap 1. A good heat win and a facile 14 length semi final victory on Monday in a calculated 40.28 means she is a shade of odds on for glory, her odds would be shorter if it wasn’t for serial open race winner Blue Tick George in opposition and he went marginally quicker (40.23) when winning his semi final, and of course you couldn’t discount any of the others as it’s such a big final. Bo Shine Bullet has won 6 of her 7 races for us and hopefully her fine record can continue on Saturday, a victory would also put us back on top of the Trainer of the Year standings ahead of the super strong kennel of Patrick Janssens who has had a flying start to the year so far.
We are in to the fourth paragraph before I even mention the Greyhound Derby which kicks off next Thursday, our entries are in and we have eight in total and in next week's newsletter we will go through our runners and their heats they are in. Towcester will be hoping the recent gremlins stay away when the event gets started, on way too many occasions in the last few weeks there have been issues with the traps and the hare which have caused meetings to be cancelled and void races, again on Tuesday the hare broke down after only a couple of pre meeting trials and couldn’t be fixed in time for the 12 Derby Trial Stakes to take place and with trainers from Ireland over with runners and trials and plenty of trainers here in this country making long journeys it was totally frustrating for all.
A couple of nice winners at Romford, a mid week switch for Aayamza Lexie seemed to work the oracle as she bolted up in the Dual Distance final scoring by over 7 lengths in a fine 35.14, Playbook made it a good night when she ran her best race to date at the Essex venue winning a bitches 400m in 24.11.
Of course all the plaudits were for Aayamza Royale at Monmore on Saturday as she magnificently won the TV Trophy again in a sensational 55.00. It was a good 20 minutes for the kennel as Coolavanny Kyser made it a hat trick of wins over 480m winning the 480 Standard Final by a battling half a length in 28.36.
As said on Monday Bo Shine Bullet took her semi final of the George Ing St Leger at Yarmouth by 14 1/2 lengths in a fine 40.28.
HENLOW & TOWCESTER REVIEW
On Monday at Henlow we were out of luck with a few runners and on Thursday's Towcester card Aayamza Baron came away as a winner when taking an A4 in 30.42.
On Saturday at Henlow the ultra consistent Run Free Snowy made it 4 wins from his last 6 runs when landing an A2 in a good 28.24. Drumcrow Bruce, back from open racing, won well in another A2 scoring in a fine 27.56 and in a good A1 Rail Mccoy also took the honours winning in 27.65.
On Sunday we were again amongst the winners as Bobs Queen took an A7 in 28.58 and Onyx Penny used her fine early pace to take an A3 in 27.82.
PERFORMANCE OF THE WEEK
OPEN RACING - AAYAMZA ROYALE
WHAT’S ON NEXT WEEK
We have a few runners at Romford on Friday and on Saturday we have a big night at Yarmouth as Bo Shine Bullet tries to land the George Ing St Leger before we build up to next week's Greyhound Derby.
WEBSITE RECOMMENDED BETS
It didn’t quite happen for a couple of our selections last week at decent prices but we certainly cheered ourselves up with a maximum bet on Aayamza Royale to land the TV Trophy.
Now Bo Shine Bullet bids to give us another boost to the funds when she lines up from trap 1 in the George Ing St Leger on Saturday.
Next week we will dissect the Derby draw and runners.
ADVISED LAST WEEK
AAYAMZA STORM - 4 pts win - Romford - Friday - lost
BLACK EYED MOLLY - 2 pts win - Bitches Standard final - Monmore - lost
AAYAMZA ROYALE - 5 pts win ante post 2/1 - Ladbrokes TV Trophy - Monmore - WON
FATBOYS TRIXIE - 2 pts ante post 20/1 - George Ing St Leger - lost
BO SHINE BULLET - 2 pts ew ante post 9/2 - George Ing St Leger- final Saturday